Remember the David Coppedge case? It’s been three years since we wrote The David Coppedge Case: It’s Over.
Coppedge, a creationist, claimed he was wrongfully demoted and later fired by his employer because he was promoting Intelligent Design (ID) on the job. He used to work as a computer technician for Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which is part of Caltech. He also maintained a creationist website — Creation-Evolution Headlines.
The Discovery Institute was strongly backing Coppedge — see Discoveroids on Coppedge: Congress Should Act. Fortunately, their efforts all failed. We thought we’d never hear about Coppedge again, but the Discoveroids seem unwilling to let the matter drop. Today at their creationist blog they just posted World Magazine Tells David Coppedge’s Powerful Story.
World Magazine often has articles favorable to the Discoveroids, so we know what to expect from them. This review of the World article was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. We’ll give you a few excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis.
I had the privilege of getting to know David Coppedge a few years ago, leading up to the shameful resolution of his 2012 discrimination case against NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. His story is among those that remind us intelligent design isn’t only a scientific issue but one with serious civil rights implications as well.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’ll overlook the claim that intelligent design is a scientific issue; but what about the claim that it also has civil rights implications? Perhaps it does, if one has a very strained definition of “civil rights.” We think the Discoveroids’ case for that is far weaker than the case of those who want free access to the bathrooms of any gender. Anyway, that was a great introduction. Then Klinghoffer says:
In brief, the mild-mannered team lead computer administrator on the Cassini Mission to Saturn was viciously [Hee hee!] punished by JPL supervisors. His offense? Sharing information about ID, all in the most respectful, appropriate manner. Now his persecution [Hee hee!] and its aftermath are recounted in a moving article in World Magazine (“After a fiery trial”).
We won’t bother linking to the World article. Let’s read on:
I’m glad to have stayed in touch with Coppedge since the court case in Los Angeles, so I’m familiar with some of what’s related here. To call his experiences dramatic is an understatement.
After a big excerpt from the World article, Klinghoffer continues:
There ensues the court battle, punctuated by mysterious debilitating headaches, a struggle with cancer, spiritual trial and renewal, even a near-deadly encounter with a flying insect.
We didn’t know about the encounter with a flying insect. Here’s more:
This is a remarkably resilient man. On top of everything else, his Facebook feed, which I follow, demonstrates his remarkable gifts as a nature photographer and his daring as an outdoorsman and adventurer across the wildernesses of the West.
What a guy! The end of Klinghoffer’s post is, well, a bit strange:
His story has a happy ending, but then so does the Book of Job.
It seems that Coppedge is happy. Having defeated his claims in court, Jet Propulsion Laboratory is happy too. And so is your Curmudgeon, because we never dreamed that we’d have an opportunity to post about Coppedge again.
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